Dongting Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in China, is now in the most severe water crisis of the last sixty years. The water levels are super low, fishermen have no fish to catch, and their livehood is endangered. Chen Wenping, director of the integral department of the Command Center for Flood and Drought Prevention of Hunan Province, told reporters, there has been a continual drought in the Dongting Lake region since August, and the main reason for such extreme low water levels is the experimental water storage of Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
(2) From Xinhua News Agency 2007-3-7
On March 2007, Peng Qiyou (彭启友), director of the Science and Technology Committee of China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Company, told Xinhua News Agency: “The Three Gorges Dam Project’s ecological and environmental impact on the downstream lakes is being exaggerated.”